Dr Messer is a marine microbial ecologist with a passion for understanding how the structure and function of microbial assemblages impacts the health of marine ecosystems. As a postdoctoral research fellow within Prof. Gene Tyson's group, Dr Messer is utilising genome-resolved metagenomics to interrogate the complexities of the coral microbiome. This research will provide new insights into the phylogeny and functional capacity of coral-associated microorganisms across host species, reef sites, and temporal scales. 

Qualifications: 
PhD Microbial Oceanography, University of Technology Sydney (Australia)
BSc Hons First Class Marine Biology, University of Plymouth (UK)

Local and global anthropogenic pressures threaten the future of coral reefs. While reef restoration efforts are under development, a fundamental gap in our understanding of coral health and resilience to thermal stress is the functional role of the microbiome. Our research aims to address this knowledge gap through ultra-deep metagenomic sequencing, to aid the recovery of bacterial, archaeal and viral genomes from corals tissues for phylogenetic and functional characterisation. 

The Coral Microbiome

Despite the importance of microbes for the coral host, there is a limited understanding of how the coral microbiome and their metabolic functions are affected by changing ocean conditions.

Last reviewed 11 September 2019

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